If Clematis is a perennial (right?) can it be divided?

juliamayAugust 12, 2008

I have a nice large healthy - BIG clematis. Is it possible to divide it like I might do with other perennials?

It is covered with curly seed things right now. Can I successfully save them?

Thanks for any help or advice.

Julia in Woodinville, (Western) WA

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

A plant being labeled a perennial is only a description of its lifespan - a perennial is a plant that lives more than two years (technically trees are considered perennials, although seldom described in that way). Not all perennials should or can be divided.

Growth habit is the best way to determine if a plant can be successfully divided. If your clematis has multiple stems arising from the root crown, then you should be able to divide it. There is always a risk you will damage the root mass during this process and put both the mother plant and any offspring at risk. Personally, I'd consider layering to increase my plants before digging up and attempting to divide a large, established clematis but that's just me :-)

Yes, collecting seeds from the seedheads is easily done and another way to propagate clematis. Growing from seed, layering and dividing are all discussed on various clematis websites, like Clematis on the Web (COTW).

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:59AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Clematis Question?
I am just giving my clematis (Guernsey Cream) a very...
Longest blooming clematis for Utah
Bloom times just don't follow the rules here in this...
Buckland Beuaty
This is one of my favourite clematis
What plants do you use to help shade clematis roots?
I'm just curious to know what are the names of some...
Snowy winter and first-time clematis - advice please
Last fall I planted my first clematis and we've been...
Sponsored Products
Amber 3528 LED Strip Light 60/m 8mm wide 5m Reel
Home Decorators Runner: Maze Cream and Brown 2' 6" x 8'
$56.99 | Home Depot
Jonathan Adler 25 1/4" High Right Giraffe Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
Dakota 8771 Flat Rim Wall Sconce
Sheko Outdoor Cradle Chair
Grandin Road
Justice Design Group FSN-8781 - Sonoma 1 Light Wall Sconce (Short) - Cylinder wi
$196.20 | Hayneedle
Perfectemp Cordless Electric Kettle
$79.99 | zulily
Sunnydaze Fire Pit Spark Screen, 31 Inch Diameter
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™